Healthy Living

Environmentally Conscious Resolutions for 2020

Making environmentally conscious decisions can be great for not only the planet, but your health too! In 2020, consider these resolutions if you’re looking to better your life this year. Reduce plastic Reducing how much plastic waste you are responsible for every day is always a great first step
in being more environmentally conscious. Whether you’re changing your lifestyle to be more green for the first time or if you already have reduced plastic in your life, there are easy swaps you can make in your everyday life.

A reusable water bottle

Ditching single-use plastic water bottles is a must when you want to be kinder to the planet. Plus, refilling plastic water bottles isn’t good for your health either! Instead, invest in a reusable water bottle to drastically reduce the amount of plastic in your life.

Reusable shopping bags

Many states are starting to ban grocery store plastic bags, so get used to shopping with reusable ones sooner rather than later! Most stores offer them right at checkout for around $2 and they fit so much more than a traditional grocery bag. If you already use reusable grocery bags, don’t forget to use reusable produce bags too!

Contact Lenses

If you wear daily contact lenses, think about all of the plastic waste they cause! However, due to eye health issues, daily contacts are a necessity for a lot of people. Buy contacts that better align with your lifestyle by choosing daily contact lenses that use less plastic than traditional packaging. DIY cleaning supplies

DIY Cleaning Supplies

Making your own household cleaners can reduce the amount of plastic you purchase and be better for your health! Most household cleaners use toxic chemicals that can pollute the air in your home, which is dangerous for your whole family and your pets. Instead, choose eco- friendly options. Regular household items like vinegar, lemons, and baking soda can go far around different areas of your home! Then, you can add in essential oils to fill your house with your favorite, natural scents.

Recycle and Compost

Recently, recycling has been made easier and easier with bins around cities and easy-to-find recycling regulations for neighborhoods. The first thing you can do is find out how to properly recycle the items around your home. Your town might require that you separate cardboard from the rest of your recyclables or maybe you’ve been throwing away an item that actually can be recycled! Doing research on recycling is the best way to do it effectively. Composting is amazing for the environment and, if you have your own garden, this is a way you can save money on soil! Just like recycling, to begin composting you’ll have to do some research on what is the best way to compost in your home. Here are a list of items that are compostable that you may use every day:

Coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, shredded paper, food scraps, fruit peels, biodegradable packaging, paper towel, and flowers.

If you don’t have a garden of your own, try to donate your compost to local farmers or neighbors that have gardens! That way, you’ll be doing good for the environment and helping others as well!

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